A Note from Jay
Advocating for Change
For nearly a quarter of a century, the CDP has been working to improve the lives of our low- to moderate-income neighbors by creating affordable places to live, and by supporting small businesses as they create more and better jobs in our community.
Another important aspect of our work is advocating for change at the local, state and federal levels and supporting initiatives that create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape.
The CDP is a member of the
Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations
(MACDC). Through this membership we work with 65 other agencies like the CDP, all serving their communities throughout the Commonwealth. I serve on MACDC's Public Policy Committee. In this role, I work with my colleagues in other parts of the state to advocate for state programs that help support the work the CDP does on the Lower Cape. A great example of this successful advocacy work has been the creation of the
Community Investment Tax Credit Program
. This program has enabled the CDP to leverage over half a million dollars in financial support from and for our community over the past three years.
I am proud of the work we do here at the CDP to house 75 families and provide micro financing & support to small businesses. And I'm grateful that we also have the opportunity to advocate for change at the local, state and federal level--ultimately making our work at the CDP more effective.
As always, thank you for your interest and support,
To Our Supporters
We couldn't do the work we do without these investments from our community and we thank them!
Safe, Stable & Affordable Housing
The Trieble family moved to Harwich 15 years ago. According to Paul Trieble, the school system was a draw for them as their daughter grew older. Paul was employed as a carpenter for many years. However, due to a chronic illness he had to stop working last year.
As Paul's illness worsened in recent years, maintenance to their home became more challenging for him to keep on top of. Window frames had rotted out and a hole in the roof caused a leak resulting in an 8 foot crack in the interior ceiling and walls. According to Paul, "The situation was a total stress on me and my wife. We were barely able to pay the bills each month." Looking for relief, Paul reached out to the
Lower Cape Outreach Council
. During his conversation with them, they mentioned our
Housing Rehabilitation Program
"You guys saved us", Paul said when speaking about the program, "everything about the program is incredible. All my stresses about our home are gone." The work included the installation of a new roof and windows. Additionally, the walls and siding were fixed and the bathroom was re-tiled. "The house is nice and tight now," Paul said, "and the energy we're going to save is incredible due to no more drafts. It is a remarkable improvement."
Jack Lyons, owner of Cedar Crest Properties, LLC, was the contractor on the job. Paul could not have been more pleased with them and their work. Paul shared, "Jack carried through on everything. And his sub-contractors were as good as he was-all so professional and so courteous."
Paul and his family are now happily enjoying their restored home.
Strong Local Businesses
Working with businesses who are making food products locally is something we've been doing for over two decades. But, in the past couple of years we've had the opportunity to enhance the support services we provide to this business sector. With grant funding from the USDA we have offered intensive technical assistance, targeted education and access
to new markets. Financing through our Micro Loan program complements these services.
The technical assistance our staff provides to food producers focuses on product development, packaging, marketing, distribution, product placement and health & food safety requirements.
Targeted education has brought in experts and established local food based businesses to share critical information and real life stories about launching and growing a food business. Topics like research & development, using a commercial kitchen versus a residential one, licensing, pricing, and understanding the market
have provided important guidance to growing food based businesses.
Rounding out these services, the launch of the Orleans Winter Farmers' Market has given food producers access to a new market--increasing their visibility
and extending their sales season.
Next month we're pleased to celebrate our work with local food producers at our
Summer Kick-Off Celebration
. The event will feature some of the businesses we've had the pleasure to work with (listed on the right). You can find out more about the event by
A Sustainable Future
Saving Energy in the Summer
Given that summer will be upon us shortly, we thought it would be useful to share some energy saving tips. Here are some we found particularly helpful.
- Use appliances wisely, particularly on hot, hot days, and unplug when you're not using them.
- Ensure your cooling system is running efficiently with regular maintenance.
- Use a fan and ventilation to help keep your home cool.
- Turn off unnecessary lights.
- Use window shading--including curtains, blinds, patios, awnings and even tall shrubs and trees.
- Get outside - cook out there if you can and hang your clothes out to dry.
Here are some website resources to check out for more information:
Upcoming and Ongoing
SCORE Individual Business Counseling
Could your business use some extra guidance? Want to bounce business ideas off of someone? The
has arranged with
Cape Cod SCORE
to offer Individual Business Counseling with
counselors right here in Eastham.
Sign up today!
Thursday, June 16th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1 hour sessions).
More Information: Contact Pam at 508-240-7873 x18 or by
Summer Kick Off Celebration
We're kicking off summer with a celebration! Join us for an evening of all things local at Winslow's Tavern in Wellfleet.
Mingle with friends as you enjoy a creative menu of delectable bites, creat
ed by Chef Phillip Hunt. Meet local food producers and sample their products. And win raffle items from Lower Cape businesses.
We're excited to bring together business owners we've worked with, and the people who support our work-to strengthen community on the Lower Cape. Open to all.
Hosted by Winslow's Tavern for the benefit of the Community D
Wednesday, June 15th from 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Winslow's Tavern - 3116 Main Street, Wellfleet
Capacity is limited. Please purchase tickets in advance.
More Information: Contact Moira at 508-240-7873 x25 or by
Bob Murray Housing With Love Walk
11th-17th marks the 24th Annual Bob Murray Housing With Love Walk. The Walk brings to
gether advocates for a
dable housing on Cape Cod to walk from Provincetown to F
mouth--raising awareness and funds for eleven housing agenci
es on the Cape.
CDP Staff, Board Members and supporters will
walking from Provincetown to Harwich on Monday, Tuesda
July 11th-13th. If you'd like to join us for a morning, an aftern
oon or all three days, contact Moira. We would be delighted to have you on our team, and
help you secure pledges to support the important housing programs at the CDP. You can find out more about the walk here.
With great appreciation to all of the local businesses who are sponsoring our
participation in the Walk this year! Click here for full list.
Monday, July 11th - Wednesday, July 13th / Times and walk lengths vary each day.
More Information: Contact Moira at 508-240-7873 x25 or by
Affordable Housing Opportunities
We manage 75 rental homes throughout the Lower Cape. Availability changes on a regular basis. Please contact our Director of Property Management at 508.240.7873 ×17 or email
. If you have questions and for more information. You can also find out more on our
Housing Rehabilitation Program
Attention homeowners and landlords! Receive up to $35,000 for critical repairs to your home. Repairs include, but are not limited to roofing, heat, windows, siding, septic, lead paint abatement and energy efficiency upgrades.
Get expert assistance on planning the work and work with quality licensed and insured contractors. Funding is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.
Opportunities in Dennis, Harwich, Eastham,
Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.
You can find out more at our website or by contacting our Housing Rehab Program Manager, Jean Stanley at (508) 240-7873 x14 or by email.
Tune In to This Place Matters
92.1 WOMR & 91.3 WFMR
Join host Susan Lindquist & her guests for a lunchtime
talk about life on Lower Cape Cod.
Click Here to Listen to or Watch Past Shows
June 1st: Tracy Johnson, Program Coordinator for WE CAN's Pathmaker Program and WE CAN Volunteer Rosanne Theobald talk about the organization's PathMakers Program.
June 8th: David Kaplan, Executive Director of Cape & Islands Theater Coalition and Pat Barnhart of the Theater Volunteer Group share information about the upcoming Theater Weekend, as well as how the group is helping to promote performing arts on Cape Cod and the Islands.
June 15th: Christine Menard, Executive Director of The Family Pantry of Cape Cod and former Executive Director, Mary Anderson talk about leadership transition within the organization.
June 22nd: Jean Stanley, the CDP's Housing Rehab Program Manager is joined by Valerie Falk to talk about her experiences with the Housing Rehabilitation Program.
If you have an idea for a guest or topic -
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